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California Dream Act Information

  • ​​California Dream Act
California (CA) Dream Act: This California law allows undocumented students who meet the AB540 eligibility to access state financial aid and institutional aid, such as Cal Grants and California Dream Loans.

CA Dream Act Facts:

    1. Use this online tool to see if you qualify under AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68.
    2. The CA Dream Act application is due every year on March 2.
    3. The CA Dream Act is unrelated to DACA. Students do not need to have to have DACA to qualify for the CA Dream Act.
    4. The CA Dream Act is not the same as the Federal Dream Act. The Federal Dream Act is a proposed legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. The Federal Dream Act has not been passed in Congress.
  • ​AB 540 

AB 540 was passed by the California State Government in 2001. It allows undocumented students who have met specific criteria to pay in-state tuition at California public universities or colleges, instead of paying out-of-state tuition. Some bylaws of the original bill have been amended to allow a larger number of undocumented students access to financial aid.

Eligibility for AB 540:

    • The student has attended an accredited California High School for an equivalent of at least three years.
    • The student has graduated or will graduate from a California school with a high school diploma or equivalent.
    • ​Applicants must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.)*.

If you are still not sure, use this tool to determine your eligibility for AB 540. If you need assistance in checking your eligibility, please email us at unityzone-nc@norcocollege.edu

If you meet AB 540 criteria, you will need to submit the AB 540 Nonresident Supplemental Tuition Exemption along with official transcripts to the university you will be attending.

If you do not meet AB 540 criteria, use this tool to determine your eligibility under amendments to the original bill (AB 2000 and SB68). 

DREAM Act Information

Steps to Apply

DREAM Act Application

DACA/Undocumented Student Resources​

To apply for the California Dream Application, click here CA Dream Act Application and use Norco College's School Code: 04176100